Te Matakite o Aotearoa
A film about the Māori Land March, “Te Matakite o Aotearoa” (1975) was screened at 17 Tory Street on Saturday 14th May 2016. The event began with a karakia and a talk by Keri Lawson-Te Aho, from University of Otago, focusing on the ways in which the state has historically used the prison system to consolidate its unjust appropriation of indigenous lands. A trailer of another important film “The Children of Parihaka” was also shown.
Te Matakite o Aotearoa was then screened. This film documents the 1975 land march from Aotearoa’s northernmost marae to Parliament that was done in protest of continued Māori land loss; with a petition to the government to halt all laws alienating tangata whenua from their lands, signed by hundreds of kaumatua. There was also a presentation by Dani from No Pride in Prisons Wellington connecting the dots between colonisation, prisons and oppression on the basis gender identity, sexuality or race.
The event was hosted by the No Pride in Prisons Wellington collective. For those who would like more information about No Pride in Prisons welcome to check out http://noprideinprisons.org.nz/ or https://web.facebook.com/noprideinprisons/